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Daily News Digest:22 October 2021

FATF ADDS TURKEY TO ITS GREY LIST

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international body that monitors and sets guidelines for the protection of money laundering and terrorist financing, added Turkey, Jordan and Mali to its watch list on 21st Oct 2021.

TOLL-FREE HELPLINE NUMBER REALISED BY UPSC FOR JON ASPIRANTS

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on October 20, unveiled a toll-free telephone number that will help government job aspirants from backward classes and economically weaker sections. Candidates of the following categories will receive assistance UPSC has opened a helpline, toll-free number -1800118711, assisted candidates for Scheduled Tribes (ST), Scheduled Class (SC), Economic Weaker Sections (EWS), Person with Benchmark Disability (PwBD), along with other Backward Classes (OBC) applicants or intend to apply for commission examination or employment.

152 SAKSHAM CENTRES LAUNCHED

As part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, 152 Centre for Financial Literacy & Service Delivery (SAKSHAM Centres) across 77 districts of 13 states are launched under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana - National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) of the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) during 4-8th October 2021.

UN SETS UP SPECIAL TRUST FUND FOR AFGHANISTAN

On October 21, 2021, the United Nations has set up a special trust fund to provide urgently-needed cash directly to Afghans through a system that taps into donor funds frozen since the Taliban takeover in August. Germany is the 1st country to contribute the fund. It had promised 50 million euros ($ 58 million) for it. Germany has also been in contact with other donors to mobilize resources.

HIGHLIGHTS OF FOURTH ASSEMBLY OF ISA

The fourth general assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) took place virtually between October 18th and October 21st, 2021. It was presided by Union  Minister Shri R.K. Singh, Minister for Power, New and Renewable Energy, Government of India and the President of the ISA Assembly.

JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE IS UNBOXED

James Webb Space Telescope is a joint venture between the US (NASA), European (ESA) and Canadian space agencies (CSA). It is one of the grand scientific projects of the 21st Century. It is an orbiting infrared observatory that will extend the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope, with longer wavelength coverage and greatly improved sensitivity. It will be a large infrared telescope with around a 6.5-meter primary mirror.

SAKHAROV PRIZE WON BY ALEXEI NAVALNY

Alexei Navalny, an imprisoned Russian Opposition leader, lawyer, and anti-corruption activist was awarded the European Union’s top human rights prize called the Sakharov Prize.

DEPUTY SPEAKER: EXPLAINED

Recently, Nitin Agrawal, MLA from Hardoi has been elected Deputy Speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, which has barely 5 months left in its tenure.

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DEPUTY SPEAKER: EXPLAINED

DEPUTY SPEAKER: EXPLAINED Context: Recently, Nitin Agrawal, MLA from Hardoi has been elected Deputy Speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, which has barely 5 months left in its tenure. Deputy Speaker& ...

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SAKHAROV PRIZE WON BY ALEXEI NAVALNY

SAKHAROV PRIZE WON BY ALEXEI NAVALNY Context: Alexei Navalny, an imprisoned Russian Opposition leader, lawyer, and anti-corruption activist was awarded the European Union’s top human rights priz ...

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JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE IS UNBOXED

JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE IS UNBOXED Context: Engineers in French Guiana have unboxed the James Webb Space Telescope and will now prepare it for launch. Key Points: The observatory arrived on 12th O ...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF FOURTH ASSEMBLY OF ISA

HIGHLIGHTS OF FOURTH ASSEMBLY OF ISA Context: The fourth general assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) took place virtually between October 18th and October 21st, 2021. Assembly Presided ...

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UN SETS UP SPECIAL TRUST FUND FOR AFGHANISTAN

UN SETS UP SPECIAL TRUST FUND FOR AFGHANISTAN Context: On October 21, 2021, the United Nations has set up a special trust fund to provide urgently-needed cash directly to Afghans through a system that ...

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152 SAKSHAM CENTRES LAUNCHED

152 SAKSHAM CENTRES LAUNCHED Context: As part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, 152 Centre for Financial Literacy & Service Delivery (SAKSHAM Centres) across 77 districts of 13 states are launched under ...

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